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Canada braces for Slovakia in Group B action

Friday, 12.28.2012 / 3:56 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

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Canada braces for Slovakia in Group B action

Here's the lineup Canada will open with against Slovakia for its second game at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship:

Jonathan Huberdeau-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Mark Scheifele

Ryan Strome-Brett Ritchie-Jonathan Drouin

J.C. Lipon-Phillip Danault-Mark McNeill

Ty Rattie-Anthony Camara-Nathan MacKinnon

Scott Harrington - Dougie Hamilton

Xavier Ouellet-Griffin Reinhart

Morgan Rielly-Tyler Wotherspoon

Ryan Murphy

Malcolm Subban

Jordan Binnington

Canada opened the tournament with a 9-3 preliminary-round victory over Germany on Wednesday.

Nugent-Hopkins, Canada's captain, produced one goal and five points in the triumph and was one of six players to register multiple points in the game. Subban made 25 saves on 28 shots.

Boone Jenner, who received a three-game suspension from the International Ice Hockey Federation for a charging incident last week, will sit out his second game.

Jenner, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct penalty for charging after a late hit on Swedish defenseman Jesper Pettersson in the second period of an exhibition game Dec. 22 in Helsinki. Pettersson was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and fractured wrist and will miss the World Junior Championship.

Jenner will have to sit out one more contest on Dec. 30 against the United States.

Slovakia suffered a heartbreaking overtime to Russia on Wednesday. After pulling into a 2-2 tie on power-play goal in the final minute of regulation, Slovakia took a penalty late in OT and the host country scored with 10 seconds remaining in the extra frame.

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